Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy birthday, Hubs!

Today is a special day in our household because it is my husband's birthday. This has been a very busy week and we're in the middle of a couple big things, but I still wanted to pause to give him a birthday shoutout on the blog because he is pretty awesome and this is his special day.

He is my partner for life who works tirelessly to provide for me and Madeline. He has taken on the role of dad to our sweet girl so perfectly this year and that has been so fun to watch. He supported me leaving my job and throwing my energy whole-heartedly into Madeline as well as turning some of my biggest passions into a side business. I'm so very grateful that he is mine and am excited to celebrate him all day long! 

Happy birthday, Corey! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Favorites for the Baby

One of the funnest things about having a daughter is choosing cute clothes for her to wear each season. I love adorable smocked outfits for special occasions but I try to dress her in things that are both cute and comfortable most days. I love soft dresses with tights, legging and tunics, and patterned rompers. Little girls are so much fun. Here are some of my favorite pieces for fall this year that are either already in her closet or that I currently have my eye on. 
Gray Sweater Dress, Chambray RomperPocket DressIvory Sweater Dress, Bow DressMoccasinsPlaid Dress and Sweater Set

Friday, October 21, 2016

5 on Friday

Happy Friday, friends. This might have been the slowest week in a long time. It has just creeped along, but the weekend has finally arrived and it is jam packed.

Madeline turned 8 months old on Monday. She is currently majorly in love with all things Daniel Tiger, especially this toy her Nonnie bought her. She has clearly grasped the concept of object permanence because he must go everywhere. It's pretty adorable. 

We took a little mountain day-trip this week. This is one of the most awesome things about working from home. You can also work from the car! It was a beautiful fall day in the mountains and we were able to escape the 85 degree fall that is Charlotte currently. More to come on this little trip next week.

I finally made some serious progress in our foyer. I put everything together during Madeline's naptime yesterday and I am loving this addition to our home. So nice to open the front door and not just stare at a blank wall.

We finally moved Madeline to her high chair for meal times. She's been eating on her Bumbo with its tray for a couple months and I really loved that because I could hide it away in the laundry room when it wasn't time to eat. I finally accepted the baby gear is taking over whether I like it or not and moved her big girl chair inside from the garage.

Last night she was especially exhausted for some reason...perhaps because it was the week that would never end?! So, we started bath and bedtime early and as soon as she finished eating and I burped her, she just snuggled right up and went to sleep in my arms. She doesn't really do this anymore so it was super sweet. I'm so grateful she's a good sleeper these days and can go to sleep on her own in the crib but this just made my heart melt. Time, slow down.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Guest Room Inspiration

When we moved at the beginning of the summer, we moved from a three bedroom home to a four bedroom home. We have a guest room currently and it is set up almost exactly as it was in our previous home, except for the pretty patterned chair doesn't fit with the layout so it got bumped to our bedroom, which I'm not hating. I also had to replace those curtains since the new room has two sets of single windows instead of one double and added a couple more throw pillows. 

Annie Sloan chalk pain tutorial here.

Our fourth bedroom has just sat empty for months now. It didn't seem that we should invest in furniture for it since we aren't sure what its permanent purpose will be. I hope we'll be fortunate enough to have a second child one day.

I hate that the room is sitting empty with the door closed, though, because it gets such pretty light in the room. We do sometimes host more than one set of guests at a time when friends from college are in town or around the holidays so we decided we'd like to make it a temporary guest room for the time being.

Corey's mom is in the process of moving to Charlotte and she has some extra furniture. My mom also had an extra headboard that was used in my grandmother's home so we are hoping to piece together a room with these pieces to give the space purpose without breaking the bank. 

This room certainly won't look like its out of a magazine but I am happy we'll have another comfortable space for guests. Here are a few of my favorite guest bedrooms.





Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake

If you are not already drinking Shakeology to start your day, you are seriously missing out. I have a couple favorite recipes I rotate but I decided to try a pumpkin spice version for the season using the Cafe Latte flavor. I am guilty of drinking way too many PSL's so my hopes were this shake would help curve my cravings for that indulgence and let me get my fix in a much healthier way.

  • 1 packet of Cafe Latte shakeology
  • 3 Tbsp organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 banana 
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • A light sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and ground cinnamon
  • Water and ice to desired consistency
Blend in a shaker cup and enjoy! I use an immersion blender when I make my shake so I can blend it right in the Shakeology cup and curb any mess. It makes clean up a breeze and I'm left feeling full and energized for a busy day ahead. 

I'll be sharing some of my other favorite shake recipes in my busy girl fitness challenge group and free clean eating group. If you would like more information on those, just send me an email